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User currently offlineDocPepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Posted (5 years 3 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 22434 times:

The trek from T2 to T1 at FRA took ages. My colleagues were quite anxious even though I was certain we wouldn't miss the SQ flight, with about an hour to spare.

Arrived at Gate B42 about 25 minutes after deplaning our LH flight, where check-in staff issued our boarding passes. Of the three of us, I was in First, my boss in Business and another colleague in Economy. (Career suicide?) The three of us are not important enough in our company to qualify for J Class for longhaul travel, but my boss and I managed to use our miles to get upgrades to J/F respectively. The third colleague didn't have enough miles so she was stuck in Y.

After getting my very nice and red boarding pass issued (Seat 3F), I headed towards the LH First Class Lounge. Not too different from the Senator Lounge, except that there was a pasta bar for those who wanted hot food. I wasn't going to stuff myself with pasta seeing as a full SQ F Lunch awaited me in a few minutes!

Nice view of the SQ 747-400 taking us to SIN today. A continuing flight from New York JFK, the aircraft today was 9V-SPJ.

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I left the lounge a few minutes later, and headed back to the gate which was just a 30-second walk away. Headed down the first aerobridge (what a nice feeling!) and was welcomed on board by an Indian IFS.

He walked me to my seat and as I settled into the Skysuite, I couldn%u2019t help but notice how it has aged so well. Even though it is 11 years old, it still looked pristine and spotless. Perhaps it's the top-grade Conolly Leather?

I was the last person to board in F, as once I boarded, they closed the first door. The IFS came over and asked me if I wanted a drink, and I asked for a Coke. I've heard the fuss about Dom Perignon and Krug, but because I don't take alcohol well, I refrained from asking for it.

Captain Wong came on the PA system to announce that the flight time for today was 11h35min, for the 10,289km journey from FRA to SIN.

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LH aircraft next to us
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One good thing about sitting at the pointy end of the aircraft is it makes for taking great photos!

Here are a series of photos from our pushback to takeoff:

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While taxiing, the Leading Stewardess Peggy asked me if I'd like a drink after takeoff. I thought, what the heck, let's go with a Dom to see how it tastes like! If I get ill later then so be it.

We took off at about 1pm into a beautiful late summer's afternoon.

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High-speed ICE train
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Dom Perignon - Tried a sip of it but it really wasn't much to my liking. Got a slight headache after that. Poor me!



Cabin crew distributed pyjamas and Salvatore Ferragamo amenity kits. There were at least four SIA staff in F, because they were:
1) Very overdressed
2) Not given amenity kits and pyjamas

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Here is the lunch menu, plus the drinks menu as well:

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In German





In English


























There is a very wide selection of coffees and teas in F, and I went with the blue mountain coffee for the rest of the flight, which was an excellent choice.

Table Set for Lunch
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Chilled Malossol Caviar
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White onion soup with parma ham and rosemary
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Seasonal salad with honey mustard dressing
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By this time I was stuffed I could barely fit the main course in.

Main course: Baked veal loin with mushrooms - blue cheese crust, sateed savoy cabbage and fettucine. I know it doesn't look great in the photo, but it was top-class restaurant quality. Pity I was by then too full to enjoy it!

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Dessert - Summer Pudding with Mascarpone ice cream
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Hot towels were served three times throughout lunch. Once at the end of the caviar service, once after the main course and once after dessert.

The service was perfect. LSS Peggy had perfect deportment - she spoke with perfect diction, was SO attentive (this is F after all how could she not be attentive) and was just so graceful! The entire lunch service was almost like a performance!

The movie selections were still for August, and I had by then watched nearly all the movies worth watching, so I settled with "Obsessed". Quite an entertaining show, really. Men do really have it bad in the office when attractive women try to accuse them of sexual harassment aye!

Cappucino after lunch
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Over Southern Russia
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After dessert, I was too stuffed for cheese and fruit, so I headed to the lavatory to change into the pyjamas, which were really comfortable! LSS Peggy also did a turn-down service for my skysuite by making the suite flat and placing a mattress on it. I read my novel for about 15 mins before falling asleep for the next eight hours!





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Such is the joy of First Class.

1h40min before arrival into SIN, after sleeping for about 8 hours straight, I awoke for breakfast.

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Breakfast Menu



Setting the table....
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Croissant
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Fresh fruit platter
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Muesli
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Main Course - Scrambled eggs prepared on board, with sausage, bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes

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All in all, a very satisfying breakfast and I couldn't finish the entire main course!
By the time breakfast was over, we were about 40min out of Singapore.

30 min before landing
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Our approach into SIN today took us over the east coast of Malaysia, approaching into SIN from the North East. We touched down 30min ahead of schedule at 6.20am, and were at Terminal 3's Gate A5 about 5 minutes after landing.

It was hard saying goodbye to the lovely cabin crew and leaving the F cabin after enjoying it for 12 hours, and not knowing when I could enjoy F ever again. With the 744 leaving the fleet in less than a year, First Class Saver redemption awards on Krisflyer will disappear, (and so will the 35% discount for Krisflyer members by end Sept) and the number of miles required for a Sin-Europe return in F would be well in excess of 200,000. Not worth it, methinks!

Since I have no other F flights to make comparisons with, all I can say is that this flight was the best I have ever had. (How could it not be?) I've taken Business Class a few times and wondered if F was all that much better - and it is.

This brings an end to my short trip from Singapore to Brazil. The next few flights are probably in SQ Y, though I've a J trip SIN-MEL-CHC-SIN in October on SQ for the SIN legs (including SQ A380 SIN-MEL!) and NZ for the Australia-New Zealand legs. I *might* be tempted to write a trip report for those flights!

Thanks for reading!

[Edited 2009-08-28 20:03:59]

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User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3949 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 22206 times:
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Waow. Great report.
It seems like flying SQ is a real treat in F Class, I've never flown Singapore but I know they are good. The pictures you posted sure give the reader some appetite.
Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

Ben Soriano



Ben Soriano
User currently offlinePlanesjoey From Singapore, joined Jul 2009, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 20740 times:

Great trip report
SQ is nice in F. How does the product compare to the one on the 77W?
BTW, how did you upgrade from Y to F on SQ?
Thanks for posting

Joel



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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7325 posts, RR: 85
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 20521 times:
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Fantastic report!  bigthumbsup 

I have a similar photo of my FX MD11 taxing by the FRA terminal.


User currently offlineSInGAPORE_AIR From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13745 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 20484 times:

What a wonderful trip report.

That certainly looks like a generous amount of caviar !



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User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2360 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 20406 times:

Great trip report. I'm sad that so many airlines continue to sell off their 744 passenger aircraft which are mostly just replaced with "boring" single deck 2 engined aircraft (i.e. 777 and A330). The only exception I can think of is if they're replaced by the A380 which SQ is doing. FRA-SIN will be an A380 in the future if I'm not mistaken? Either by LH or SQ or both?  crossfingers 


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User currently offlineNethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1090 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 19571 times:

Very nice trip report, esp when it involves SQ F class! Always extraordinaire.
Thank you very much!!

Flew SQ Business class (Raffles name removed, right?) 6 times, always wish for me and wish one day will be lucky enough on F class! Either old or new seats!!

Yeah. Too bad, airlines are replacing 744s with 777s or 330s. I still love the 744 but maybe it is too costly to ops?

Hope the 748 will be popular! Is the project still in?



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 19419 times:



Quoting Planesjoey (Reply 2):
BTW, how did you upgrade from Y to F on SQ?

I didn't upgrade from Y to F. I redeemed one way F on FRA-SIN. I still have a Y sector left that I have to finish using in one year, which means I should get back to Europe at some stage in 12 months!


User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 19177 times:

Worth the few minutes wait it took me to head from your last tr to this tr.

That breakfast looks amazing, one of the best I have seen in a long time. I know SQ really do there best with there on board product.

A nice end to what started out to be a not so nice trip for you (Flight wise)

Dan


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 months 14 hours ago) and read 18485 times:
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Nice report & pictures.

SQ F does look a pretty decent product, even on the old 744 fleet, just not sure I'd be willing to shell out the cash or FF miles to use it, J is just fine to be honest.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 months 12 hours ago) and read 18330 times:



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 9):
Nice report & pictures.

SQ F does look a pretty decent product, even on the old 744 fleet, just not sure I'd be willing to shell out the cash or FF miles to use it, J is just fine to be honest.

Rgds

Mark

SQ was offering a 35% discount to Krisflyer members for online redemptions,which worked out to about 60,000 miles one way. Considering First Class Saver awards for longhaul travel in F are disappearing, and the new products require in excess of 120,000 miles (I think it is closer to150,000 miles) for redemption, this was probably the last chance for me to experience SQ F longhaul. No way I would shell out 150,000 miles for a single sector in F!


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 months 11 hours ago) and read 18256 times:

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Pathetic, you call this set up a First Class Lounge? It looks more like a temporary set up at some corporate convention.

I am feeling like we will soon lose a piece of the airline's history after the 744s are retired. This Sky Suite will probably be set aside at some SQ museum and archived at STC.



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User currently offlineYcp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 3 months 8 hours ago) and read 18059 times:



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 11):
This Sky Suite will probably be set aside at some SQ museum and archived at STC.

Well, there are still many Sky Suites in STC, even the old Recaro Raffles Class seats too. In the mock-up cabins of course  Smile



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User currently offlinePellegrine From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2480 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (5 years 3 months ago) and read 17666 times:

I saw the thread title, and I wondered would this be the last of the 744 First Class I see? I would like to take the SQ 744 one last time, preferably on JFK-FRA-SIN, don't know if I will make it by the date of retiring. Excellent report, one for the history books.

Quoting DocPepz (Thread starter):
Dom Perignon - Tried a sip of it but it really wasn't much to my liking. Got a slight headache after that. Poor me!

Heh, haven't learned my trick. Pop a few ibuprofen, and keep on drinking!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 11):
I am feeling like we will soon lose a piece of the airline's history after the 744s are retired. This Sky Suite will probably be set aside at some SQ museum and archived at STC.

I feel the same way, 747s and SQ go together.



oh boy!!!
User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5126 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 17164 times:



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 11):
Pathetic, you call this set up a First Class Lounge? It looks more like a temporary set up at some corporate convention.

= You think those lounges are bad ... try the LH lounges at MUC ... or wait, BOS!

Thanks for an amazing report. It seems SQ did everything right on this flight. One thing though ... since when is a Bloody Mary a "Singapore Airline Unique Creation(s)"?!

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlineReadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3338 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 16487 times:

SQ in First, perhaps one thing that everyone should be able to do before they die.  Big grin

Liked the photos of the food, doesn't the tableware enhance the meal, and of course the brilliant service standards. Thanks.



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User currently offlineHOOB747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 16325 times:

Thanks for the great photos, especially the mirror-image of your plane! And the breakfast looked wonderful, I would have devoured that in about 10 seconds! Thanks for your effort. Glad you had such a memorable trip.


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User currently offlineShanxz From Singapore, joined Apr 2006, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 15985 times:

What's wrong with the tail in the first LH photograph? http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/docpepz/P1040885.jpg


Airlines are in the service business, not transport. Brand matters...
User currently offlineJfklucky777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 15944 times:

JW Blue Label on the liquor menu!  thumbsup 

I gotta try SQ J or F ASAP!!!

Terrific TR BTW!


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 15874 times:



Quoting Shanxz (Reply 17):
What's wrong with the tail in the first LH photograph?

Tail rudder has shifted to the right due to winds... Pretty obvious no?



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User currently offlineLHPII From Croatia, joined May 2009, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 15393 times:



Quoting DocPepz (Thread starter):
After getting my very nice and red boarding pass issued (Seat 3F), I headed towards the LH First Class Lounge. Not too different from the Senator Lounge, except that there was a pasta bar for those who wanted hot food



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 11):

Pathetic, you call this set up a First Class Lounge? It looks more like a temporary set up at some corporate convention.

I think you are both misleading readers of this forum......as you were not even close to Lufthansa First class lounge. As SQ First class pax you are only entilted to use Senator lounge, First class ones are exclusivly for LH first class customers and HONs. Also LH First class lounges and ground services are benchmark setting and far better then anything SQ currently has on offer.


User currently offlineKrisworldB777 From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 571 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 14064 times:

Thanks for the interesting report. I have finally mustered the stamina to respond!

Despite its age, the Skysuite really has aged well, and despite its lack of superficial gadgets, it is still competitive with much newer competition.

Nice to see such a generous serving of caviar on the new serviceware too - they must have looked at you and decided you'd need an army to feed you.

The LH Lounge looks poor, but I suppose it is reasonable given their fare-paying passengers and HON Circle members are using the class-leading First Class Terminal.


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